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NRA Announces New President to Take Over Organization

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Retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North will become the next president of the National Rifle Association, the organization announced Monday.

“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,”  NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a news release.

“Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President,” he added.

North, 74, said he will take up his new post in the next few weeks. He will use the time to put his business affairs in order, including resigning his position as a Fox News contributor.

“I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s President,” North said.

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“I appreciate the board initiating a process that affords me a few weeks to set my affairs in order, and I am eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA President,” he added.

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch said she is “thrilled” that North is joining their team, saying he is “the last person that anti-gun advocates would want as the new President of the NRA board.”

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LaPierre congratulated the NRA board for its action.

“The board acted quickly and with great vision,” LaPierre said. “Oliver North is, hands down, the absolute best choice to lead our NRA Board, to fully engage with our members, and to unflinchingly stand and fight for the great freedoms he has defended his entire life.

“Oliver North is a true hero and warrior for freedom, and NRA members are proud to stand with him.”

North first hit the national spotlight during the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, having served on former President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council.

He was tried and convicted of aiding and abetting the obstruction of a congressional inquiry and ordering the destruction of government documents. The convictions were later vacated, however, and all charges against him were dismissed in 1991.

The NRA became a focal point for gun control advocates following the February high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Supporters of the pro-Second Amendment advocacy group rallied by contributing $2.4 million to the NRA’s political victory fund in March, which was the largest single monthly haul in at least 15 years.

McClatchy reported that most of the donations during March of this year — $1.9 million of the $2.4 million — came from small donations of $200 or less.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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American
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Graduated dean's list from West Point
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United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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